Introduction to Safety and Avalanches (SMT1)

Introductory course on avalanche risks, safety and rescue; SMT Winter 1 module


Jura, Alps




1 day




min 4, max 8 p.





This course is not physically or technically demanding. We will ride on easy terrain with stops for theoretical explanations and exercises. Distance between 2 and 6 km


Swiss Mountain Training

Private Gruppen

Individuell, an den Daten Ihrer Wahl

Öffentliche Ausflüge

Refuge de le Barillete, Rte du Télésiège

17 Dec 2022

St Cergue

Refuge de le Barillete, Rte du Télésiège


Parking télésiége de la Breya

27 Dec 2022


Parking télésiége de la Breya


Parking télésiége de la Breya

6 Jan 2023


Parking télésiége de la Breya


Refuge de le Barillete, Rte du Télésiège

14 Jan 2023

St Cergue

Refuge de le Barillete, Rte du Télésiège


Learn how to use your avalanche safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel & probe, etc.); learn how to behave in winter terrain even if it is marked, plan your route and manage the risks.

You will follow the "Winter 1: Safety & Avalanches" module of the Swiss Mountain Training certification, with an introduction to the fundamentals of winter mountain risk management. This is a 1 day course for beginners in avalanche safety.

Objectives of the SMT 1 Module

  • Know your equipment

  • Understand the avalanche bulletin

  • Understand how to wear and operate your avalanche transceiver

  • Be aware of the main winter hazards (avalanches, cold, weather hazards, ledges, disorientation, falls...)

  • Have been introduced to the 3x3

  • Understand the 4 typical avalanche situations and be able to answer the question: "What is the main danger today?

  • Have understood the general risk reduction measures ("Safer Six")

  • Be able to perform a simple rescue


  • Start as indicated at the meeting point

  • Checking of equipment and introduction to the avalanche transceiver

  • Theoretical introduction, 3x3, bulletin reading 

  • Observation of the conditions on site

  • Choice of route and departure for a hike with orientation exercises, search and rescue in the terrain

  • End around 16.30 hrs

Gear list

  • Warm and breathable hiking clothes to handle the physical effort in winter weather; at least : 

  •     1st technical layer, e.g. wool (avoid cotton), also for legs

  •     2nd warm layer such as a fleece jacket, plus a down jacket Gore-tex hiking trousers and jacket

  •     Sunglasses / mask, sun cream, hat, one pair of gloves + one spare

  • Complete equipment for snowshoeing

  • Rucksack (possibly Airbag), telephone

  • Avalanche transceiver (3 antennas + marking function), probe, shovel

  • Paper - pencil 

  • Depending on the day's programme, small snack and hot drink (thermos). 

  • Min 1 litre, max 2 litres

  • Personal belongings and medication


CHF 150 pp.

Contact us for group prices, or a group larger than the maximum indicated.
SMT 1 certificate issued on request, supplement CHF 25.00

Contact us for transfers by 6-passenger VIP minibus.

The course is confirmed as soon as the minimum number of participants is reached, and can be postponed in case of bad conditions.

Payment on site at the end of the course. 100% of the fees are due in case of cancellation 10 days before the start of the course, and 50% for 30 days

Services included

  • Coffee prepared on site with Moka, or welcome tea at the meeting point

  • SMT 1 course and supervision by a mountain leader with federal diploma / SMT expert

  •  Safety equipment, snowshoes, sledges (if necessary) and poles according to available stock, contact us

Not included

  • Transport or lifts (if necessary)

  • Rental of equipment not in stock (sledges, avalanche transceivers, snowshoes etc.)

  • Picnic and drinks to take with you

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